Space Marines – The Next Generation! Crimson Fists.

With lockdown easing, it’s time to get back to something we haven’t seen here for a while – badly painted Space Marines! Having finished the previous box up, this time they’re the new generation models, starting with an easy build one I got with a painting guide.

This space marine is painted in the livery of the Crimson Fists. I particularly like the colour scheme for this chapter of marines. I’d been playing around with the GW approach of edge highlighting a bit in the previous batch of old school marines, and wanted to follow that approach completely here. I was pretty surprised and pleased with the end result.

On to the photos:

Space Marine - Crimson Fist 1
Space Marine - Crimson Fist 2
Space Marine - Crimson Fist 3
Space Marine - Crimson Fist 4

I’m not sure why clicking on the images doesn’t allow them to be enlarged any more, but I’ll look into it and hopefully get that fixed for my next post.

Overall, I’m really happy with the way this turned out, and am going to apply myself to this method for the next few models in the regular box of this guys that I got. In the interests of full disclosure, I painted this before lockdown, so don’t remember any of the issues I might have had while painting it (it’s been 3 months – I’m lucky if I can remember what I did 3 minutes ago…).

Looking it over, I’m impressed by how quick this approach is (mainly in removing the time I spend agonising over where to place the highlights…), and how effective it looks. I think it’s definitely one worth practising and having in your toolkit of techniques. It involves 6 steps in its basic form:

  1. Laying down a base colour.
  2. Shading the recesses with a carefully applied wash.
  3. Painting in any details like symbols, equipment etc.
  4. Touching up the base layer for any mess made shading or detailing.
  5. A thicker mid shade edge highlight over all the edges.
  6. A thinner light shade edge highlight over the upper/light catching edges.

I also started using decals here, something I’ve never had much success with before. With the help of some youtube videos and a bottle of micro-set, I actually managed to get it on, pretty contoured to the surface, and not torn anywhere. Still far from perfect, but this is the best result I’ve had with a should pad transfer to date, so I’m hopeful I can get better again with the next one.

Next week will have a post-lockdown painted Space Wolf, and sadly 3 months away from the painting table have taken their toll. Hand steadiness and ability to be neat has definitely declined, but hopefully that’ll come back to its usually high (cough) standard quickly!

Dragonslayer 3 Out Today!

Today is release day for Servant of the Crown, the third and final part of The Dragonslayer trilogy! How will things turn out for Gill, and the world in general now that magic, dragons, and other magical creatures have awakened?

You can pick up a copy in paperback, ebook, and audiobook, and start reading it now at the following links!

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Audible.com

So, that wraps up another trilogy, and my first that’s been traditionally published, with Tor. I’ve already got my next project well underway, so stay tuned to find out about that, which I hope to start talking about in the next couple of months!

I hope you all enjoy Servant of the Crown, and want to thank you for following and supporting my work!

Duncan

Dragonslaying in MagicXMayhem!

Tor have just released a free sampler book, MagicXMayhem. It contains a chunk of Dragonslayer, along with chunks of some other great fantasy stories that are upcoming this year. As well as my own wonderful self, you can find excerpts from Sarah Gailey, Seanan Maguire, and JY Yang, among others. You can download a free copy by clicking on any of the images in this post, or at this link:

https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250249425

Cover reveal for Dragonslayer

Today is cover reveal day for my upcoming book, Dragonslayer, the fist part of my Dragonslayer trilogy! Without further ado, here it is:

I’m really pleased with how it turned out, so I hope you like it to! The official cover reveal page can be found over on the Tor website, which you can take a look at here.

Dragonslayer will be coming out in the summer of next year!

I spy, with my little eye…

…something beginning with D!

I wasn’t expecting to see this when I went abrowsing on Amazon today… Dragonslayer is already up for preorder! I guess that’s the release date announcement taken care of!

I hope everyone’s well, and looking forward to the summer! (if you’re in the northern hemisphere… otherwise, I hope you had a nice summer!)

Wolf of the North 3 out now in audio!

I’m delighted to announce that The Blood Debt – Wolf of the North Book 3, is now available in audio. You can get your copy at:

Audible US

Audible UK

It’s also available via the regular Amazon product page. Once again, it’s narrated by the excellent Simon Vance, who has wrapped up the trilogy with another superb performance! I’m really pleased with how the audio version of the series has turned out, and I hope you all really enjoy this final part!

Wolf of the North 3 Out Today!

As the title says, the day is finally here – Wolf of the North 3, The Blood Debt – is out today.

You can get it at the following links:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

This marks the end of the Wolf of the North trilogy, which has been a pretty incredible experience for me to say the least. The support that readers have given me over the past year has been both overwhelming and humbling, and I appreciate that more than I can ever say. I only hope that I’m able to continue producing books that you enjoy reading, but rest assured I’ll be doing my very best!

Duncan

Wolf of the North 3 – The Blood Debt out on 2 October

Wolf of the North 3 – The Blood Debt will be out on Monday 2 October. If everything goes to plan, the paperback will be out on the same day as the kindle version, which is a first for me! I really hope you all enjoy it! The audiobook will follow on a little later, and should be released in January 2018.

Jorundyr’s Path Audiobook Out Now!

Hey folks,

Jorundyr’s Path – Wolf of the North Book 2 has been released today and is now available in Audiobook. As with Book 1, it’s been narrated by the excellent Simon Vance, and he’s put in another superb performance! You can get your hands on a copy at the links below:

Audible.com

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Jorundyr’s Path Audio Preorder Now Up

This is a quick post to let you know that Jorundyr’s Path – Wolf of the North Book 2 is now available for preorder. Release date is 1 August.

You can get your copy from the following places:

Audible US

Audible UK

Amazon US

Amazon UK